Tips for Positive Social Distancing
It’s been roughly two months since Governor Sisolak released his emergency directive and created strict social distancing measures to help protect the health and safety of our communities. Since that point, we’ve been directed to move to delivery only and thankfully have recently been cleared for curbside pickup. We’ve remained committed to serving our community and providing cannabis as an essential medicine to the people.
Our commitment to our neighbors, family, and friends extends beyond the anxiety-reducing and stress-relieving products we provide. It includes providing as many positive resources for the community, from tips on positive mental health to state and tips on staying connected, we are here to support you during these challenging times and get through them together.
Below are a number of tips we’ve consolidated on positive social distancing. While we may be isolated, we can still remain active, social, and positive. Together, we move forward.
Staying active is beneficial beyond the physical benefits. Keeping your body healthy and in-motion can not only improve your physical health, but it can also help improve your mental health. Exercise has shown positive influence on depression, anxiety, and in reducing stress. People who exercise frequently report having better sleep, waking up more refreshed, having a more keen memory, and feeling a stronger sense of well-being.
With isolation removing beneficial connections with our friends and families, there are many of us facing mental health struggles ranging from depression to anxiety. At least 6.7 percent of American adults (16.2 million) have one severe depressive episode every year. (source) This is compounded with the struggles of isolation and distance.
So how can exercise help?
“Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood.” (source)
“As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.” (source)
“Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins.” (source)
“As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body” (source)
Here are some tips on staying active at home:
Yoga can help with your strength, flexibility, and mind-body awareness. It’s a great way to not only get physically active, but be more mindful and combat the internal challenges you are facing.
Don’t know where to start? Check out this great beginner’s guide from the New York Times.
Body Weight Exercises
Squats, planks, push-ups, lunges, crunches, planks, burpees, & much more; use your body weight to maintain your routine. There’s a benefit in maintaining routine in itself; it keeps you focused, mentally clear, and helps you reduce stress.
Need help getting started? Check out this helpful body weight how to from SELF.
Use a sturdy table for dips, use your water jugs for additional weight, use your broom to stretch; get creative around the house to keep active.
Here are some Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration:
There’s still plenty of ways to stay connected to your friends and loved ones safely via virtual video chats. Here are some of our free to use favorites:
Instagram Video Chat: Up to 6 users at a time.
Zoom: Up to 49 users at a time.
Skype: Up to 50 users at a time.
Houseparty: Up to 8 users at a time.
In tandem with staying active, there are a number of ways you can stay positive while social distancing. Here are some suggestions:
Apps to download
Read a new book
Reading helps improve both memory and empathy, and research has also shown that it makes us feel better and more positive.
Pickup a new hobby
Hobbies help keep our mind engaged and sometimes can even improve our physical well being. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to sew, paint, or even play an
instrument; now is a great time to learn something new.
During these challenging times be mindful and thankful of what you do have, for your health, and for those helping keep us safe.
Terpenes like Limonene help keep us positive and cannabinoids like THC and CBD can even combat depression and improve mood.